Overnight storms leave scattered outages

1:55 p.m.

Outage numbers continue to drop from last night’s storm. There are now 939 customers out, the vast majority in the rural Ashland and Louisville area.

11:15 a.m.

Outages are under 1,300 at this time, as our crews continue to work on some time-consuming repair work caused by strong winds overnight. Wind gusts reached 75 mph and we had 5,900 outages at at the peak of this storm event.

We have a circuit lockout currently impacting Weeping Water, which began at 10:27 a.m. An OPPD crew is en route to investigate. In total, we have seven troubleshooters, three tree crews, 14 rural crews and 10 metro crews working to restore power throughout our service territory.

Our crews are evaluating individual outages and estimated restoration times as they arrive on scene. While we hope to have power restored to most of the metro area’s scattered outages by 4 p.m., rural areas could take longer. Our rural crews face more challenges navigating through tree and other debris left by the storm, as well as sheer travel time to get from one location to the next in such a wide area.

We will keep working as quickly as safely possible to restore power to all of our customers. As a reminder, if you have not reported a power outage, please do so online at oppd.com, or by phone at 1-800-554-6773, so that we are aware and can respond.

8:30 a.m.

As our crews continue to respond to power outages caused by last night’s storm, numbers are coming down. Currently, 1,422 customers are without power. This is down from a peak of 5,900 outages.clip_image001

Lightning and wind, which knocked down trees and limbs throughout our service territory, were the main culprits. Most of the current outages are in Cass County. These are tied to a downed power line in the Louisville area.

We have a number of scattered outages in Douglas, Sarpy, Washington and Saunders counties, as well. We have crews dispatched throughout these areas. This includes tree crews working to safely clear tree debris from power lines.

If your power is out and you have not reported it, please do so online at oppd.com, or by phone at 1-800-554-6773, so that we are aware and can respond.

7:30 a.m.

Outage numbers are falling as crews continue their work. There are currently 3,041 customers without power. We have a dozen crews assigned to restoration work in addition to tree crews and troubleshooters.

At the peak of the storm, there were 5,900 customers without power.

4 a.m.

Outage numbers have risen as we near sunrise following an overnight storm. A total of 4,637 customers are without power. This amount may rise as people awaken to find an outage. Crews continue to work to restore these customers. If you are without power, please report it at oppd.com or by calling 1-800-554-6773.

Wednesday, June 15, 2:45 a.m.

A line of thunderstorms moved through the area overnight leaving 3,284 customers without power. Most of these outages are in Cass County and the Omaha metro area. Crews have worked through the night to assess causes, mostly tree-related, and restore power to some. As the morning nears, these outage numbers may increase as people awaken to find an outage. If your power is out, please report it online at oppd.com, or by phone at 1-800-554-6773.

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is a contributor to the Storm & Outage Center and a communications specialist at OPPD. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, which lets her tell the stories of OPPD and its employees both graphically and through her writing.